Rockstar Games is the next publisher to announce its own PC launcher, a move that pretty much nails down the Windows release of Red Dead Redemption 2.
You can download it from the official website, after which the launcher will scan your system for all currently installed games from the publisher. Take note that while any existing save data will carry forward, you’ll need to play those games through the launcher from hereon. The launcher will also link your Social Club account, as well as automatically download any available updates.
For a limited period, Rockstar Games is offering Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for free to all who avail the launcher on PC. In addition, there are discounts to take advantage of in the store. Grand Theft Auto 5: Premium Edition and Max Payne 3: Complete Edition, for example, have been slashed down to $34.98. The evergreen Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is up there at $9.99 as well.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Rockstar Games Launcher is further proof of Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing for PC. In the past few months, references to the potential port were spotted inside the source code of Social Club and the game’s companion app. There were also other leaks earlier in the year, all of which have been acting like breadcrumbs to confirm that Rockstar Games has been steadily working in the background.
The Rockstar Games Launcher is just another piece of the puzzle. When Red Dead Redemption 2 does release for PC, it will likely be exclusive to the Rockstar Games Launcher. The publisher might consider a release on Steam down the road but that will probably depend on the sales factor. Bethesda Softworks, for example, kept Fallout 76 to its own Bethesda Launcher. However, following an exceptionally rocky release, Fallout 76 was dropped on Steam the next year. Red Dead Redemption 2, though, doesn’t seem like a game that will do badly on PC.
Rockstar Games has not confirmed if it plans to keep all of its games exclusive to its PC launcher from now on. Considering how the publisher only puts out a game once in a blue moon, you can argue if it even needs its own launcher.